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We did it! Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on $20 bill

Photo Credit: Chalyi Anatolii, shutterstock

Photo Credit: Chalyi Anatolii, shutterstock

UPDATE Wednesday, April 20, 2016: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Wednesday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

The long-awaited decision keeps Alexander Hamilton, one of the U.S. founding fathers, on the front of the $10 bill — though suffragists who fought to give women the right to vote are expected to be added to the back of the bill.

Civil rights leaders are expected to go on the $5 bill.

Alexander Hamilton supporters will have their way and the U.S. Founding Father, will maintain his position on the $10 bill. The Native American community has had their say and the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, will be replaced. Treasury secretary Jacob Lew originally wanted to replace Hamilton, the founder of our nation’s treasury system and thus our first treasury secretary, but Jackson’s negative history with Native Americans led to public pressure to replace him.

The smash Broadway, hip-hop musical, Hamilton, is even been touted as one the reasons Hamilton won’t be replaced.

Jackson will be replaced with the portrait of a woman who significantly impacted our struggle for racial equality. Due to measures to prohibit counterfeiting, the bill won’t begin to circulate until 2030.

Additional changes will be made to another note.

The back of the $5 bill will show a mural of prominent moments that have taken place at the Lincoln Memorial.

This suggestion has gained criticism from Women on 20s, an advocacy group that launched the campaign and declared that America needs the face of a woman on its currency and that woman should be an abolitionist. In an open letter to secretary Lew, they write in part: “After your appearance on Charlie Rose, we carefully parsed your words, and we fear that you believe the public will be satisfied with giving women nothing but a cameo role on the back of a minor bill. It will take a microscope to see who those individuals are, and we’ll be left with another decade or more of woefully inadequate representation of women and their worth.”

The results of a poll the conducted revealed abolitionist Harriet Tubman is the top choice. Tubman led slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on the bus passenger and a catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made it to the final round of voting.

Our nation’s first, first lady, Martha Washington, appeared on the $1 silver certificate from 1891-1896. U.S. bills have not featured a woman as a central image since.

Sound off it in the comments section below and share who you believe will be selected when the announcement will be made this week.


  1. BeautyandBellz on April 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    “we did it”…..what did we do? wasn’t it a bunch of white women who suggested this in the first place? and how is this helping black people? right now i have the same feeling i had in 2011 when they announced that mlk was getting a statue in washington. the u.s. government killed the man, and now they want to give him a statue. lovely.

    • Malibu Jones on April 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Does race matter? We did it! We “women” did it. Stop with the segregation!

      • BeautyandBellz on July 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm

        race always matters. but ok, miss 🙂

  2. cupcake333 on April 20, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    yesssssssssssssss about time ,this remarkable woman had her due ,, slave must be rolling over in their grave by now . harriet tub since i was about 7 was my herio, she is the one woman all women should want to model after , her being black is the milstone to the revolutionary vision she had she was a corner stone of racial equality in this country and never should a black woman be put down, when you cash that check she will be looking at you and reminding you how much courage you too can have , the only woman come close to her is my mother .. harriet tubman is a queen in our history , the only person who got out there and proved the impossible ,.. then lincoln freed the slaves mainly because he was so influenced by harriets courage, why were we made slaves how come greedy white man couldnt not have bought us her and just paid us they were afraid from day one of one of them mandingos getting one of their daughter pregnant . all this racial divide started with the fear of the strong black man , whom never knew his own power over the mind of whites , white men are the ones made white woman think black men would rape them , and that was never the case … black men started sleeping with white women to prove they could have them but choose other wise . we dont know how many black males were killed for sexing or just glancing at a white woman .. that is why we are so proud of harriet tubman .. she showed the problem is our strength nothing more should ever have counted

  3. blackgirl91 on April 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    We did what? Get out of here with that niggerish foolery.

    Unless my house and my childrens children’s childrens homes are filled with Harriet Tubmans, white America hasn’t done shit!
    Reparations Reparations where art thou?